Board Members Won’t Be Bored

RCSPA is currently recruiting parents to be on our Board of Directors. We get many emails wanting to know what programs our group has for Revere students. To be honest, our group is made up of me and my husband. Julie, the founder of this organization, ran several programs including FIRST LEGO League and Engineering Club at the middle school. She did a one day engineering experience at Hillcrest in place of their COSI on Wheels event. While my husband and I are fully supportive of extra curricular STEM activities, we cannot continue to shoulder this burden alone. We have coached a FIRST LEGO League team, and 2 TARC rocketry teams. We are involved in Science Olympiad as well as other activities that support and encourage our child’s education. We need YOU to step in and help us to provide these valuable activities for our students. Board members make decisions on fundraising, planning and running programs, and decisions on donations to the district. If you are interested in becoming a board member and breathing new life into this organization, please contact me at sftipton@juno.com.

Posted in Communication | Comments Off on Board Members Won’t Be Bored

Donations to RCSPA are tax deductible if you qualify

Great news!  We have been granted tax exempt status by the IRS and are ready to accept any donations you desire to make.  Our hopes are that we can raise enough money to cover the costs of our programs as well as help to defray the costs of STEM activities led by employees of the school district.

In the past, we have purchased some of the supplies for the middle school science olympiad team and some materials for the biology classes.

In the future, we hope to help financially with the robotics team that is being formed at the high school.  The FIRST Robotics Challenge costs approx $25,000 per team, while the FIRST Tech Challenge costs nearly $10,000 per team.  Mr. Silvestri was trying to form a team this school year.

We would also entertain other funding needs as our resources allow.  It’s always possible for us to hire a coach if there are no willing staff or volunteers.  If you feel strongly that we need more STEM activities in this district, and you can benefit from a donation, please consider making one to our group.

Posted in Communication | Comments Off on Donations to RCSPA are tax deductible if you qualify

A Reason for Hope

When I left my meeting with the new middle school principal Judy Myers, I was feeling hopeful for the future of STEM at Revere.  She was well-versed in STEM activities and had many ideas for the school.  She listened attentively about our organization and its activities and asked many questions.  At first blush, she seems to be a willing partner in our efforts to grow STEM in the school and is willing to lead the way and allow us to be the silent partner, as it should be.

Unfortunately, it takes more than one building principal to make things happen, and the reluctance of staff to coach an academic team with proven achievement leaves me wondering about its future once Dr. Kaur’s child moves on up.  We need our teachers to care about STEM as much as we do.  We are open to suggestions on how to make this happen.

Posted in Communication | Comments Off on A Reason for Hope

We need a coach NOW!

As of August 26, 2013, RMS does not have a Science Olympiad coach.  For many years, Ms. Haller has coached the RMS team to multiple Regional and State level awards.  Unfortunately, she is no longer able to coach.  Our group is very troubled by the fact that those faculty who are willing to coach, choose to do so in athletics.  Is this because the supplemental contracts are more lucrative for athletics or are these coaches afraid to try something new?  We believe there is tremendous value in STEM extracurricular activities which includes Science Olympiad.  Please speak out at school board meetings or whenever you bump into one of our administrators in the hallway and tell them how important you feel STEM activities are.

Posted in Communication | Comments Off on We need a coach NOW!

Students excel in STEM gaming challenge

Twelve students in grades 5-8 are winners in the first-ever National STEM Video Game Challenge, a competition to motivate interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education by tapping into the natural passion of youth for playing and making video games.

The award program’s first year offered competitions for students and developers. The Youth Prize winners were selected from more than 500 entries and stood out for their ability to use STEM concepts to design engaging, innovative, and well-balanced games, with special recognition for those games that also incorporated STEM education and themes. Students could create a written game design document or a playable game using creation tools like Gamestar Mechanic, Scratch, and Gamemaker.

The students each will receive an AMD-based laptop computer and educational software. A cash prize of $2,000 also will be awarded to their school or a nonprofit organization of their choice. The competition was created with support from the AMD Foundation, Entertainment Software Association, and Microsoft, and implemented by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media.

Founding outreach partners for the National STEM Video Game Challenge include the American Library Association, American Association of School Librarians, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, International Game Developers Association, and BrainPOP.

Posted in Events | Comments Off on Students excel in STEM gaming challenge

Bath Elem Building Club

Title: Bath Elem Building Club
Location: Bath Elementary
Description: Building Club see Activities page for more information.
Start Time: 15:30
Date: 2010-11-03
End Time: 16:30

Posted in Events | Comments Off on Bath Elem Building Club

Rubber Band Contest

Title: Rubber Band Contest
Location: Revere Schools and UA
Description: Rubber Band Contest enrollment starts. See Activities for more information.
Start Date: 2010-10-17
End Date: 2011-02-16

Posted in Events | Comments Off on Rubber Band Contest

FLL Tournament

Title: FLL Tournament
Location: Hathaway Brown
Description: 5 Revere FLL teams compete in Regional FLL event.
Start Time: 09:00
Date: 2010-12-04
End Time: 16:00

Posted in Events | Comments Off on FLL Tournament

Lego Donations

The Revere Community STEM Parent Association (RCSPA) is looking for donations of gently used LEGO® or K’NEX building toys.  The RCSPA is working with the Revere School District to promote and engage students in project oriented activities that revolve around Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  Bath Elementary School is forming a “Building Club” where Kids will be given a challenge to solve using LEGO® or K’NEX building materials. The kids will use their creativity to build a solution, and then share their solutions with the group. RCSPA is a tax exempt 501(c)3 corporation. Donations are tax deductable.  Donations can be dropped off at the main office in Bath Elementary school.  If you have any questions please contact, Mrs. Sandy Kahoe at skahoe@revereschools.org.

Posted in Communication | Comments Off on Lego Donations